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My First Program

My First Program

On the StackOverflow Podcast, they always ask their guests on the show how they got introduced to programming. Whenever I listen to that segment of the podcast, I always think…

Hacktoberfest 2017

Hacktoberfest 2017

Hacktoberfest is a project sponsored by Digital Ocean and Github that encourages contributions to open source software. Anyone who contributes at least 4 pull requests to open source projects on…

How To: Deploy a Simple Java Web Service with AWS Lambda and API Gateway

How To: Deploy a Simple Java Web Service with AWS Lambda and API Gateway

AWS is incredible technology, making it easy for anyone to deploy a web service without needing to worry about managing servers. In this quick tutorial, we’re going to see how…

Bufferbloat?

Bufferbloat?

Have you ever noticed your internet connection get slower when uploading a large file? I have, but I never put too much thought into it or realized I could do…

Why CI?

Why CI?

In recent years (and in some cases, for many years), Continuous Integration (CI) has been taking off. Almost any open source project you look at is using some kind of…

Fitbit Surge vs. Garmin Forerunner 35

Fitbit Surge vs. Garmin Forerunner 35

I was recently shopping around for a new GPS running watch, and I tried both the Fitbit Surge and the Garmin Forerunner 35. These devices are both good GPS watches…

When's My Code Going Out?

When's My Code Going Out?

At SpotX, we manage our codebase with Git. Our commits flow from our develop branch to production, with a code-freeze branch in-between. Like this: With any web application, it’s really…

How I Manage Passwords with KeePass

How I Manage Passwords with KeePass

Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about how horrible it is to have to deal with the various password restrictions websites use. Of course, that post was influenced…

Chasing Bugs: PHPUnit Hides Errors

Chasing Bugs: PHPUnit Hides Errors

I love stories about hunting down interesting bugs. I find things like left-pad breaking the internet, cloudbleed, and the sleep bug in Eve Online extraordinarily interesting. The Bug Recently, I…

Dealing with Passwords

Dealing with Passwords

Jeff Atwood wrote a post on Coding Horror today calling out bullshit password rules. And he’s dead on. Password rules, as most sites implement them today, are not improving security….